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The Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will expand its Global Guides program to provide learning opportunities that make ancient objects more relevant for individuals, families, and students. The museum will hire Global Guides for the Tour of China Gallery and develop workshop lessons that support classroom curriculum incorporating 21st century skills such as world languages, multiple perspectives, intercultural communication, and appreciation for cultural diversity. Visitors have expressed interest in gaining a deeper understanding of other cultures and the connections between life now and in the ancient past. To address this audience feedback, the program trains and empowers immigrants and refugees to share new insights into the museum's collections from their personal cultural heritage perspectives. The Global Guides program provides visitors with a positive learning experience with individuals whose race, ancestry, and ethnicity are often misunderstood in America.
The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester will open its Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster exhibition to share critical information about HIV/AIDS and its history, as well as allow for dynamic and intentional museum/library collaboration. The museum's collections will serve as a way to use art, design, language, and public health to engage audiences and to facilitate difficult conversations that many still consider controversial. The goal of this project is to increase awareness about the current state of HIV/AIDS, as well as how to prevent it. Key stakeholders, community leaders, and national figures will advise in the creation of and guide this important project.
The Duke Lemur Center at Duke University is responsible for the largest colony of lemurs outside of Madagascar-currently more than 250 animals representing 15 species. The Center also maintains a large collection of primate fossils, with more than 35,000 specimens related to primate evolution. The Center's veterinary data, natural history specimens, 3D scans of holdings, and field documentation currently are spread across multiple online and offline databases. The goal of this project is to expand and connect those dispersed databases so that staff, researchers, and students can easily access data to investigate major trends in primate evolution and conservation.
College of the Atlantic will complete the George. B. Dorr Natural History Museum Collections Relocation project, which consists of developing a collections relocation plan, purchasing and installing collections storage systems, relocating the collections, and evaluating the project. The building that houses most of the collections will be torn down, presenting the opportunity to relocate the collections into state-of-the-art storage systems in dedicated storage rooms in the Center for Human Ecology, the college's new academic building. The project includes the purchase and installation of a movable high-density storage system, with museum-grade cabinets and shelves, as well as related archival collections storage supplies. The collections relocation project will support stewardship of the museum's valuable natural history specimens
The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture - a consortium that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology - will implement a project to expand Hispanic engagement by collaborating with youth. The consortium will partner with youth-serving agencies in Chelsea and Somerville, neighboring cities that have large Hispanic populations. Museum staff will conduct community-based workshops and invite youth to apply for a museum-based program. During the museum-based studio sessions, teens will create audio and visual responses to exhibits. They will then host a public "opening" at the museum where they will share their experiences with their families and the community. This project will enhance the impact of exhibits; increase feelings of relevance and inclusion for Hispanic visitors; and expand knowledge about contemporary Hispanic viewpoints among museum visitors.
The Joseph Moore Museum at Earlham College will revise its interpreter training and educational programs to reflect current best practices in participatory STEM education. This project will include strengthening their programs to better prepare undergraduate educators, as well as updating the delivery of their top three requested programs to ensure learner-centered experiences. The project will include the development of a training program modeled on a combination of principles set out by the National Association of Interpretation and the Reflections on Practice program. Undergraduate educators will undergo systematic training in the fundamentals of educational theory and practice and benefit from a program of sustained evaluation and mentorship.
The Arab American National Museum will work with a learning design firm and a museum-focused exhibition design firm to develop, design, and fabricate new components for their children's gallery spaces. This project will result in four new bilingual, less text-heavy exhibition elements that will allow young visitors in grades K-5 to gain a more balanced perspective on cultural and racial diversity within their communities, as well as an appreciation of the large-scale impact of all immigrant communities on American life.
The Stanford University Archaeology Collections will perform the first detailed conservation survey of 6,451 items from its collections, which include at least 55,000 archaeological and ethnographic artifacts from around the world. The project will focus on items identified as most vulnerable to physical damage such as decay and those that are most significant for teaching and research purposes. The survey will include photography and data entry for 6,450 vulnerable items, establishing a baseline of care; inventory photos of roughly 2,350 of those items not yet photographed; and rehousing and reorganization as needed for preventive conservation in storage. The project will improve care for the most at-risk and highest-use materials, allowing the museum to make better-informed decisions about use and future conservation priorities.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum-the state's official history museum-will create a new collections management system. The system will make it possible to share the digital artifact collections with other divisions of the Texas State Preservation Board, including the Texas State Capitol collections. It will streamline workflow and provide a stronger and more cohesive in-house archival record by allowing artifact data to be consolidated in one location. The museum will use this robust tool to enhance exhibitions and programming, which will support museum growth and engagement with broad audiences, offering meaningful educational experiences that interpret the continually unfolding story of Texas.
The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) will improve the curation, digitization, and accessibility of a newly organized collection of the Seaweeds of the Pacific Coast of North America, composed of approximately 10,000 specimens collected from an area ranging from the Bering Sea to Baja California. CCBER project staff, student interns. and volunteers will focus on 1) curating, imaging, databasing, and georeferencing the specimens; 2) verifying the identifications of specimens; 3) freely disseminating the collection information using online databases; and 4) organizing two workshops on seaweed diversity and identification broadly targeting scientists, curators, and the public. Upon completion of this project, the entire collection will be available for study in the herbarium and openly available online to researchers and the public.
A unique partnership between the Integrated Community Alternatives Network and the Utica Children's Museum-a New York state children's museum/behavioral health nonprofit partnership-is working to create a new children's museum incorporating trauma-informed universal design concepts. The project, titled Utica Children's Museum 2.0 (Museum 2.0), will serve approximately 80,000 children and the adults who care for them in a five-county region and will be inclusive of all children-especially those who are on the autism spectrum, have experienced trauma, or live in poverty. It will provide a safe, communal space that encourages learning and play. Anticipated outcomes of Museum 2.0's universal design focus include fully accessible building and exhibits, audience-based activities reflecting community educational needs, complete inclusion of diverse cultural/socio-economic groups, collaborative relationships with local schools, and regional portability via the Mobile Museum without Walls.
Oregon State University will improve and safeguard the Oregon State Arthropod Collection (OSAC) by rehousing, replacing aging/faulty labels, and cataloging its 60,000-specimen mite collection. The project team will re-curate, inventory, and provide online access to the entire OSAC mite collection. The project will generate a specimen-level catalog and an online, searchable database that includes images of each slide. Taxonomic information and classification will be updated to reflect contemporary nomenclature and phylogenetic hypotheses to facilitate access and navigation for researchers. The project will generate the first complete catalog of the collection, making it possible to discover, browse, and glean information online from its specimens.
The Hollister Herbarium at Tennessee Tech University will implement "Rooting Students in their Botanical History" - an educational module targeted for 11th and 12th grade biology students. The module will address "plant blindness," a phenomenon defined as the failure to notice or appreciate plants. The herbarium will collaborate with three Tennessee high school biology teachers, a videographer, and a graduate research assistant to increase knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of plants over the three-year project. Students also will get to know herbarium specimens as an essential resource for information about the natural world.
The Springfield Science Museum will increase participation in informal science learning by making its educational programs and learning spaces more accessible and inclusive. Museum staff will undergo Disability Inclusion and Universal Design training to redesign and enhance a core multi-use learning space and principle STEM program that can remove physical, cognitive, and social barriers to learning. External evaluators will measure access needs and learning outcomes before and after project upgrades in order to track progress and develop a scalable model of inclusive practice for all the museum's science programming. The result will be an improved educational experience for visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
The Bucks County Historical Society will conduct a detailed condition survey of 256 windows (including dormers and skylights) located in its original 1916 National Landmark Mercer Museum building. As the condition of these windows deteriorate, more rainwater and snow melt and leak into exhibition areas, which directly threatens collections of hand tools, folk art, musical instruments, metalwork, pottery, vehicles, and a variety of other artifacts. Due to the presence of dripping and standing water, a number of these artifacts have been moved off site or covered with plastic sheeting, which significantly compromises the visitor experience. The survey will result in a comprehensive report, with recommendations and methodologies for repair and remediation intended to improve environmental conditions for the exhibited collections.
The MIT List Visual Arts Center-the contemporary art museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-will conduct a digital exhibition archive project to digitize nearly 16,000 paper and audio visual objects relating to the museum's exhibition history since 1985. The objects in the exhibition archives will be processed, digitized, and made publicly accessible. The MIT List Center will then create a unique consortium of entities across MIT to facilitate scholarly initiatives that utilize the collection, including the MIT Museum, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and Distinctive Collections. All digital content will be made available to the public through MIT Distinctive Collections' online repository, MIT ArchivesSpace. A selection of the 10 most impactful exhibitions from 1985 to 2010 will be featured on the MIT List Center website.
The Arizona State Museum will ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of 50 items including large, handcrafted barkcloth fabrics and woven basketry mats from Indigenous groups in northern Mexico (Pima Bajo, Pipil, Tarahuamara, Tepehuan, Warhio, Yaqui, Tohono O'odham, and Otomi) and the Pacific Islands (Fijian, Hawaiian, Javanese, Melanesian, Philippine, Samoan, and Tongan). These materials have high scholarly significance and interest to museum scholars and researchers, tribal community members, and the general public. Over an 18-month period, the museum will document, stabilize, rehouse, and move the items into new storage. Treatments will be recorded in the collections database and made searchable in the Woven Wonders conservation database of more than 35,000 items in the museum's basketry collection.
The Kent State University Museum will better protect, preserve, and increase access to its historic costume collection by upgrading and expanding its storage cabinets. The project will focus on women's and men's wear from 1673 to 1919 to be rehoused in state-of-the-art cabinets placed on high-density mobile carriages that will alleviate overcrowding. By replacing old storage cabinets, collections will no longer be exposed to chemicals from cabinets constructed of formaldehyde-infused plywood. The high-density mobile storage system will facilitate better space utilization and mitigate the risk of water damage, heat, soot, and smoke. The completion of this project will further the museum's mission by creating easier access to collections and preserving them for generations to come.
The San Diego Zoo -along with partners at UC Davis and the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory-will carry out a project to close the knowledge gap around elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a serious health threat to both Asian and African elephants. In the last year alone, the number of EEHV deaths and illnesses in African elephants has more than doubled. The project will include weekly sample collection of 30 elephants and validation of non-invasive EEHV sampling techniques for use in free-ranging and orphaned African elephants. An elephant sample bank will be created to support future EEHV work. Information gathered will be translated into practical recommendations for elephant caretakers and will be disseminated globally.
The San Diego Museum of Man will engage with representatives of the Kumeyaay Nation (Kumeyaay) in a community-driven exhibit and program development process. The Kumeyaay peoples are a Native American community of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico and are the original peoples of the land on which the museum sits. The museum holds the largest array of Kumeyaay cultural resources outside of the community itself. This project will engage Kumeyaay community members in large forums, focus groups, one-on-one meetings, and written evaluations to accurately capture content for a new exhibit that is self-determined by the community. The project will allow the Kumeyaay to share their authentic cultural heritage and affirm the value of the community's intellectual and cultural capital.
The Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley will implement a project to support the rehousing, curation, and web-mobilization of its Cambrian and Ordovician marine invertebrate collections. The collections provide insight into early animal evolution and the rapid diversification of life in the oceans. The fossils and their associated archival data represent an important scientific resource with historical value, but much of the data is in danger of being lost due to deteriorating field tags and notes, as well as a lack of a digital catalog record to track the data. The project aims to preserve this historic scientific collection and increase the integration and accessibility of the collections and associated data for both research and educational purposes.
The Field Museum's Anthropology Collections will treat and rehouse 786 beaded items in its Native North American collections. Embroidered glass beaded items represent a widely recognized material culture form, characteristic of many tribes in the Plains region; a survey of the museum's beaded items noted 71 tribal affiliations in the collection. The museum will hire a conservator and a conservation technician. Treatment of the collection will include training sessions for regional colleagues taught by Field Museum conservators and involve condition assessment techniques, photographic documentation, diagnoses of glass deterioration, safe handling and heavy metal pesticides, stabilization treatment, rehousing and creation of micro-climates. A collaborative conservation approach will encourage dialogue and engagement between conservators and regional tribal communities so that together, they can increase access to collection items and prolong these items' lifespan.
Sandy Spring Museum will comprehensively rebuild the database of the museum's collection and address historical inequities in the museum's collecting practices. Social context for the collection will be created by connecting artifacts with their cultural significance (an associated person, group of people, place, or activity). This process will help identify stories that are missing from the museum's collection. In addition, a Collections Development Plan will be created, articulating which stories from the demographically diverse museum community should be included in the collection. The plan will honor the Sandy Spring area's early Euro-American settlers while also giving voice to the early free and enslaved Black communities, and the ethnic and religious minorities who have moved to the community since the 1980s.
The Strong National Museum of Play will explore and share the history, influence, and experience of video games as they relate to culture, storytelling, human development, and the broader evolution of play through the design, fabrication, and implementation of a 24,000 square foot gallery-named Digital Worlds. It will consist of complementary and cohesive interactive exhibition spaces that showcase the history of video games through the display of rare and unique historical artifacts including printouts of the first educational computer game and the prototypes for the recent toys-to-life video game Skylanders; use of multiple media formats that allow guests to discover the impact of video games on society and culture; and interactive experiences that bring the history, art, and narrative structures of video games to life.
The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History will preserve its collection of more than 320,000 insects (ants, bees, wasps, beetles, and grasshoppers) systematically collected across elevations in the Rocky Mountains. The project includes support for additional staff including undergraduate students who will curate, barcode, and rehouse the specimens with archival materials into new cabinetry, which will prevent the deterioration and loss of these specimens and their associated data. Specimen data will be updated and published in Symbiota, GBIF, and iDigBio online portals for public accessibility. This preservation project advances the museum's research, education, and public-oriented missions, as well as represents a positive synergy between vertebrate and entomology sections.
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will conduct the Million Orchid Project Authentic STEM Initiative to provide inclusive and accessible STEM learning opportunities for approximately 1,800 students annually from the most diverse and under-resourced middle and K-8 schools in Miami-Dade County. The initiative will use the Fairchild's STEMLab - a mobile plant propagation lab designed especially for schoolchildren - to bring the museum's specialized scientific research to young learners in South Florida neighborhoods. Students and teachers will collect and analyze scientific data, devise research questions, and test hypotheses that will advance local conservation and contribute to the propagation of endangered orchids. Students will have the opportunity to explore STEM careers through interactions with Fairchild botanists.
The Adler Planetarium will expand access to STEM programs for African American and Latinx Chicago teens through a progressive series of entry-point, introductory, intermediate, and advanced level programs. Students in grades 7-12 will be invited to join teams of scientists, engineers, and educators to undertake authentic scientific research and solve real engineering challenges. In collaboration with schools and community-based organizations, Adler will develop and implement new participant recruitment and retention strategies to reach teens in specific neighborhoods. The initiative will help address the underrepresentation of Latinx and African Americans in engineering.
Greenwich Historical Society (GHS) will increase public access to and knowledge of Greenwich history through ongoing stewardship of its archival collections. This project will support a new project archivist to process and create detailed online finding aids for 49 archival collections and a digitization specialist to digitize and describe 22,200 images and publish them online in the Connecticut Digital Archives (CTDA). Recently processed collections will be rehoused in new archival enclosures, improving the long-term preservation and stability of the collection. The completion of this project will make the collections widely accessible through the web sites of GHS and CTDA. Exhibition planning and educational programs will benefit from the discovery and exploration of collections long obscured by a lack of finding aids.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will redesign its popular Dinosphere exhibition to explore and test accessibility to ensure the discoveries from its "Jurassic Mile" dig site are accessible to all visitors. This will result in updated exhibition elements that promote accessible lifelong learning experiences for children and families of all abilities, as well as spark interest in STEM through hands-on engagement. Findings from the accessibility assessment also will inform development of industry standard guidelines for future exhibitions. The museum will disseminate the findings to arts, science, and cultural institutions.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum-through its Magic Lantern Preservation and Access Project-will conserve and properly house approximately 5,000 historical images on glass slides and make them freely available and easily accessible on the museum's website. These rare and fragile images were created in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and depict both local and international scenes. Their long-term preservation will make it possible for broad audiences-ranging from K-12 educators to the local historical community to researchers and audiences around the world-to access the historically significant images for multiple purposes.
The Mississippi Children's Museum will complete WonderBox, a 1,500 square foot-STEAM exhibit in the museum's existing arts gallery. WonderBox will address a critical need in Mississippi for increased education in STEAM subjects during elementary grades-particularly for those individuals who are underserved and lack adequate access to resources. Through the proposed exhibit area and programming, children from all backgrounds will explore topics such as design, art, coding, robotics, engineering, and circuitry. It will encourage active exploration and inquiry-based learning while facilitating parent/caregiver interaction with hands-on activities and guided conversations that will inspire children to design, create, and invent. Additionally, the gallery will offer children opportunities to interact with concepts from industries that are vital to Mississippi's economy in an environment that encourages innovation and creative problem solving.
The South Carolina State Museum will improve the stewardship of its collections through a two-year collections inventory and digitization project. A full-time inventory coordinator and 4 part-time project assistants will work under the direction of the museum's registrar. Project staff will 1) conduct an inventory of 5,600 objects, including weapons, armament, uniforms, housewares, and toys; 2) photograph each object at either a basic or publication-quality standard; and 3) verify and collect data-entry information for 2,400 accession lots in the Cultural History Collections. The project will result in refined inventory and photography protocols for digitization of collection objects, the implementation of a new collections management system, and the acquisition of a dedicated server to ensure that the database has capacity for future growth.
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will develop "Understanding Change: Augmented Reality Experience" exhibits to improve visitor awareness and understanding of changes driven by increasing temperatures that occur in mountain ecosystems. The initial augmented reality experiences will focus on changes to weather patterns such as rising air temperature, decreasing snowpack, and extreme events such as droughts and storms, as well as how warmer water temperatures affects lakes and aquatic environments. The project will reach the Center's 15,000 annual visitors, including more than 5,000 students in grades 3-12. While focused on Lake Tahoe, these topics are applicable to lakes and mountain ecosystems around the world.
Wolfsonian-Florida International University will expand the shelving capacity in their Rare Books and Special Collections Library, improve storage conditions for the collection, and improve public access to the collection. The project involves moving all library items to a temporary location for cleaning, rehousing, and conservation assessment, while new mobile compact shelving is installed. The project addresses a current shortage of shelf space and permits strategic growth of the collection in the future, ensuring the long-term preservation of the collection, and decreasing the storage footprint so that space can be reimagined for public-facing programs. University students and scholars, K-12 students, and the general public all will benefit from this new layout and storage approach.
The American Writers Museum will expand the reach and impact of its "My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today" exhibit through a new website, "My America: The Next Generation." The website will provide an online creative writing resource for middle and high school students. It will feature online curricula, live-streamed interactions with authors, discussion forums, and other specially designed resources for communities with high populations of immigrant and refugee students. The website will be designed to inspire and encourage creative writing and to increase awareness and understanding of issues related to immigration. It will benefit teachers by offering new resources for teaching creative writing that are applicable to social studies and the humanities.
Shelburne Museum will conduct an inventory and assessment of the contents in their pharmaceutical collection, which consists of medicinal products, cosmetics, and patent medicines. This project will address the unknown details about the contents of the collection, and enable staff to accurately quantify safety concerns, such as inhalation of or exposure to unknown contents and/or broken containers. There are about 5,000 containers dating from the mid-19th to early 20th century that may have become unstable over time. Project staff will upload the data gathered during the inventory to a collections management system and generate reports to share with a consulting chemical hygienist who will provide input for the next phase: identifying unknown contents and safe removal of hazardous contents from historic containers. This will determine how much of the collection is safe to keep, and what objects will require special handling or should be disposed of in the future.
Chester County Historical Society will provide treatment and conservation for six paintings rendered in the 19th and 20th centuries that represent important subjects by local and regional artists. The paintings were identified as top preservation priorities in an IMLS-funded paintings conservation survey, and all of the paintings are damaged and unstable, with flaking paint and surface grime. It is impossible to exhibit them or to create photo reproductions for public use. However, with treatment and conservation, all six paintings will become available for interpretation, education, and scholarship to a broad audience for the first time.
Operation Full STEAM is an exploratory outreach project of the Cade Museum designed to close achievement gaps for underserved elementary school students in Alachua County, Florida. It provides hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for students as they move from second to fifth grade in three Title I schools. The museum is implementing the project in collaboration with the Alachua County School District and corporate and community partners. This phase of the project will see the students through 4th and 5th grade where standard 5th grade science testing in the schools will measure the impact of the program. In addition to improving academic performance, the project aims to cultivate greater interest in STEAM disciplines among students from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds, inspire the pursuit of further education, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable innovation economy.
Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) will conduct a collections survey and planning project that will build upon previous successful collections stewardship projects and improve the museum's ability to care for and interpret its historical collections. As a result of the project, DCHS will have a collections plan that will support the mission of the museum; establish best practices for acquisition, deaccession, loans, care, and usage of the collection; and serve as a guide to a comprehensive collection that balances physical and fiscal constraints with the mission and vision of the museum.
The Seattle Art Museum will expand its early learner initiative known as Artful Beginnings to create increased opportunities for hands-on arts learning and engagement for children ages 2 through 6, their caregivers, and educators. The focus is on three core Artful Beginnings programs: Tiny Tots Workshops and Family Fun Storytime, Art Adventures, and an art-based outdoor preschool curriculum with Tiny Trees. The museum's three locations - as well as community partner facilities in South Seattle and South King County - will host the programs. Programming will focus on engaging traditionally underserved and lower-income audiences. The project underscores the museum's commitment to equity and inclusion and will work to engage all audiences more deeply.
The Museum of Science and Industry will increase the general public's access to its collection by creating a new online catalog accessible through the museum's website. They will update the collection database, create the online collection catalog, and develop an infrastructure to allow for regular updates over time. When launched, the digital collection will include a robust search engine, curated artifact "sets," and high-resolution 360-degree photography. The museum's collection of exhibits is an anthropological review of industry and ingenuity over time. This project will make a significant portion of the collection available to the public for the very first time.
To offer a transformative opportunity for its audiences, the Worcester Art Museum will develop and design an Arms and Armor Gallery for the permanent installation of its newly acquired Higgins Armory Collection, which is composed of 2,000 objects primarily from medieval and Renaissance Europe but also from around the globe reaching as far back as ancient Greece and Egypt. This new gallery will emphasize accessibility and accommodate different learning styles, empowering visitors of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities to curate their own experience in exploring the stories behind these objects. An interdisciplinary museum project team will work closely with project partners, as well as directly with target audiences and a team of consultants with expertise in accessibility, digital design, exhibition design, and evaluation, to help shape the project. The goal is to respond to changing community demographics and increasing visitor expectations for customized experiences by re-imagining the way museums use collections to attract and engage new audiences.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (SVPH) will complete the planning, development, fabrication, and installation of Local Economies, Global Impacts-an exhibition that will utilize cross-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning methods to benefit their local underserved rural audience. The exhibition will occupy two historic buildings: the 1845 East Family Brethren's Shop and the 1855 East Family Sister's Shop. The exhibition spaces will illustrate aspects of the Shaker economy and promote the importance of history and the humanities in understanding their local community's place in the global world as contemporary Americans develop solutions for a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable future. This is a central theme in their strategic plan that aims to transform SVPH and engage a diverse audience in critical reflection.
The New England Aquarium will create Conservation STEM - an online curriculum that features engaging videos and hands-on activities aligned with state and national standards that are easily accessible for teachers to use in the classroom. The project responds to a need that the aquarium's Teacher Advisory Council - composed of Pre-K through 12 teachers from the greater Boston area - identified, which was to help students develop critical and systems thinking skills. It also will provide a means for teachers to engage students with authentic experiences to address real-world problems and build an understanding of the need for a balanced use of the ocean.
The George Eastman Museum will catalog and preserve 1,004 unique film titles in its South Asian cinema collection. A total of 1,285 Indian and Pakistani film prints were in imminent danger of destruction when the Eastman Museum recovered them from an abandoned multiplex in California in 2014, from the British Film Institute National Archive in 2016, and from a shuttered cinema in Houston, Texas in 2017. The museum now holds the largest collection of South Asian films held outside of the Indian subcontinent representing Bollywood, Lollywood, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu productions. This project entails cursory film cleaning, placing each reel of film onto a new core, and placing each reel into a new can. Filmographic information will be published in the museum's online catalog of film records to advance the work of researchers, scholars, and archivists throughout the world. Access to projectable prints will be provided through archival screenings and film loans.
The San Diego Society of Natural History will curate a collection of arthropods that contains vouchers of the ecological history for one of California's most endangered ecosystems: vernal pools. These shallow seasonal wetlands that are dry most of the year contain plants and animals that have evolved highly specialized adaptations to deal with the fluctuating wet/dry cycle. The collection contains more than 25,000 vials of sorted and identified vernal pool crustaceans and insects. The project will greatly improve the condition of and access to this research-based collection, which provides a snapshot of the contemporary transformation of one of California's most endangered habitats.
The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium will design, produce, and install Science Alive-a 1,500-square-foot astronomy and meteorology exhibit-as well as develop and implement supporting programs to promote lifelong learning through participation in scientific explorations. Science Alive will leverage the museum's strengths in meteorology and astronomy by translating these core competencies into dynamic and relevant exhibits and programs. It also will address the community's STEM educational deficiencies through science methodologies and content. The project's exhibition and programming components will benefit students, visitors, and the community.
The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus will fabricate, install, and evaluate Bloom: A Playful Space for Early Learning-a new exhibition for children birth to 3 years old and their adult caregivers. Bloom will create an experience that inspires responsive adult-child interactions, strengthens family relationships, and empowers parents to more capably support their children's healthy development. Evaluation of Bloom will measure interactions, child development knowledge, and the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development support of infants and toddlers. This project will offer a vibrant, new environment that engage the museum's growing audience base while also filling a critical need in both the museum and community by providing an interactive and safe informal learning environment for young children and their adult caregivers.
Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) will fabricate the Little Farm House Exhibit (LFHE) for children ages 0-5 in order to offer their youngest visitors age-appropriate, hands-on, STEM-focused learning opportunities. Since access to high-quality early learning activities is important for brain development and long-term academic success, Chattanooga 2.0-the community's initiative to transform public education-places a high priority on improving both access to and the quality of early learning environments. The museum will use various methodologies for evaluation, including time and tracking, behavior mapping, observations using an outcomes checklist, and interviews. To gain continuous feedback and input on the LFHE project, CDM leverages partnerships with multiple local organizations and an LFHE Advisory group.
The Preservation Society of Newport County will complete a major digitization initiative of 13 high-priority special collections that document the role Newport has played in shaping national cultural and social movements. The digitized images and information will be uploaded to Newportal, a multi-institutional website of Newport history. The project goals are to make this collection accessible to scholars and the public; to enhance intellectual control of the collection for internal management and use in public programming; and to preserve the collection by reducing physical handling of the objects. This project aligns with the Preservation Society's public service mission to "engage the public in the story of America's vibrant cultural heritage."